Enough! Enough! Enough! The single word repeated in Elric's head. He stood and walked off in the dark basement. No one seemed to have noticed him. Not like they had much anyway. The stupid... whatever they were. He could have been dreaming the whole place up, or just the people, but either way they couldn't be real.
I need information. I need answers! he fumed. Then he could just make out a staircase, nearly invisible in the darkness. He ascended the stairs slowly, thinking that from the looks of them, any one could break under his weight.
There were runes carved into the walls, if not the same then similar to the ones carved on the door he'd seen before. They glowed with a soft blow light that seemed to emanate from everywhere and nowhere at once. He listened, and for the first time since he'd started seeing those people, he heard silence. Oh how I will never take silence for granted again!
There was a door at the top of the staircase, more runes carved into it that seemed to shine with the same ambient light. He lightly ran his finger over them. They were warmer than the door, though just barely. Strange.
He opened the door and stepped inside. He jumped and gave a small yell as the door not only closed behind him, but seemed to vanish altogether.
"What do you desire?" an airy voice called. He spun around, not daring to make a sound, but seemed to only be looking into more darkness.
"Hello?" he yelled, keeping the panic he felt from touching his voice. "Is somebody there?"
Cool golden mist swirled around him, before forming into a slightly messy, glowing ball at his eye level. It pulsed slightly whenever it made any noise, and drifted lazily as if being blown around by an imaginary breeze. "What do you desire?"
Trying in vain to swallow the lump in his throat, he managed to whisper "Where is Simmons?"
"Simmons exists only in the universe you originate from. He is exactly where he was before you stepped onto The Hideout's land."
The universe I originate from?
Clearly, he would need to ask many, many more questions.